International Study Tour on History and Memory: Dealing with the Past In Germany

International Study Tour on History and Memory: Dealing with the Past in Germany

Finding a way of dealing with the past is one of the greatest challenges facing societies in conflict and post-conflict societies, as this is an issue that can reignite old conflicts and create new ones. The parties involved in the conflict often stick to their respective interpretations of what happened. People seldom take a more subtle viewpoint that considers things from their opponent’s perspective or compares the situation with other examples. In many countries, there are dedicated members of civil society, as well as an increasing number of journalists, whose work focuses on dealing with history, searching for the truth, and developing cultures of remembrance. For such initiatives, however, there is usually very little opportunity to pursue international exchange.

Since 2009, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been organizing research trips on Germany’s culture of remembrance and the way it deals with its past. The program enables up to 18 representatives of civil organizations and journalists to gain insights into the approaches, methods, and current challenges surrounding the process of coming to terms with the past in Germany. During their one-week trip, the participants visit various memorial sites in Germany and meet contemporary witnesses, experts on German remembrance, politicians, journalists, and representatives of civil society. In 2014, the program, which was previously only open to participants from southeastern Europe, was expanded to include participants from all over the world. In the very same year, the participants came from Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and the MENA region.

There is an annual call for submissions for applications to take part in the trip.


Verena Heinzel
Phone: +49 (0)30 220025-326